Less than a week after 3-year-old Jeida Torres was beaten to death by her stepfather in a Bushwick homeless shelter, another child similarly awful end in Queens. On Friday, 35-year-old Latoya Curry was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and assault in the death of her daughter, 4-year-old Linayjah Meraldo, at the Briarwood Family Residence.
With Dr. Craig Spencer in isolation at Bellevue, New York is cleaning up after its first Ebola patient. On Friday, a biohazard company hired by the city scrubbed down some of the places Spencer visited after he began feeling "sluggish" on Tuesday: the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, the Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village, and the West Harlem apartment he shares with his fiancée, Morgan Dixon, who is also at Bellevue under quarantine. "We've been waiting for this day," Bio Recovery Corp.'s Robert Walters told the Huffington Post. Cinematic!
On Friday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a new policy for people arriving at JFK and Newark Liberty airports from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: anyone who was exposed to Ebola during their time in West Africa will now be placed in a 21-day quarantine, regardless of whether they have symptoms of the disease. Soon after, a nurse who had cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone landed at Newark and was directed to a "quarantine station," where she supposedly developed a fever. Her next stop was the nearby University Hospital.
On Thursday night New York started grappling with the medical challenges of Ebola. But as if that weren’t complicated enough, the disease’s arrival in the state has set off some political drama too.
Early Friday afternoon Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference detailing increased monitoring of travelers who have recently been in Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea. Two hours later, Governor Andrew Cuomo went a large step further, announcing that New York would begin automatically quarantining medical personnel returning from Ebola-stricken countries through JFK.
Eighty-year-old Dr. Jane Goodall is the subject of a Newsweek cover story this week. The primatologist and activist has spent a lifetime inspiring women and girls to scientific achievement, and as writer Abigail Jones notes (after witnessing 1,200 young girls stampede the auditorium during a Goodall lecture), she still has a fervent fan club of girls who aspire to be veterinarians and scientists instead of Katy Perry:
The man who went after four police officers with a small hatchet yesterday afternoon in Queens has been identified as Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old who once served in the Navy and later converted to Islam, the Associated Press reports. "I'm very confident this was a terrorist attack," said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton at a press conference today, although he noted that Thompson did not appear to have connections to international terrorism.
If you didn’t know better, you’d think that Laura Poitras’s "Meet Edward Snowden" documentary Citizenfour was an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. Hold on, it is an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. It opens with a blurry tunnel; winking monitors scrolling metadata plucked from Americans’ emails; images of huge, futuristic, otherworldy government surveillance centers; encrypted communications — flurries of characters — that resolve into edgy cyberdialogues between the National Security Agency whistleblower and the filmmaker; and, finally, exacting exchanges between Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald high up in a blankly modern Hong Kong hotel, which might or might not be bugged. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is like malignantly buzzing wires that eat into your cerebral cortex.
Ah, it's a magical time of year: when candy corn flows like water, photos at pumpkin patches litter our social-media feeds, and tasteless, blindly offensive costumes begin surfacing and going viral. This week, a strong contender for most offensive Halloween Costume emerged when some guy dressed up like former Ravens running back Ray Rice, complete with his very own Janay Rice — a black female blow-up doll to drag around.
Police say a suspected school shooter is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after opening fire in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle on Friday. Another student has also died from injuries related to the shooting.